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Friday, April 30, 2010

Oil Spill Worse than Thought; Obama Halts New Drilling

So, the oil explosion and subsequent spill has turned out to be a bigger environmental disaster than originally thought. Wow, about as surprising as seeing smoke where there is a fire. President Obama has at least temporarily halted any new oil drilling, which he had recently approved. The ironies just keep coming, after the rig sank on Earth Day. Meanwhile the Cape Cod offshore wind farm plan was finally approved by the Obama administration, but the fat cats there are still fighting it. Their precious view of the coast and skyline may be altered by the appearance of some wind turbines a few inches above the horizon. How bout we just blast away until we find some oil off the coast of Cape Cod and start drilling? We do it in the Gulf. These Cape Codians (are whatever they are called) were fueled by Ted Kennedy's vocal resistance to the project. Talk about an extreme version of environmental injustice and NIMBY (not in my backyard) syndrome.
The severity of the spill is summed by this quote from the AP by David Kennedy of NOAA: "I am frightened. This is a very, very big thing. And the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind boggling."
To hell with climate change, what do all the supporters of big oil have to say about the potential to devastate thousands of species but also families who rely on The Gulf fishing industry for a living. What about the human race who like to have the protein from sea species. To hell with anyone defending big oil, and to hell with the Cape Codians!

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